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Meta Quest 4 Anticipated Date of Release

Meta Quest 4 Anticipated Date of Release, Speculations, Pricing, and Features

As soon as Meta Quest 3 and Apple Vision Pro were released, the expectations of virtual reality enthusiasts skyrocketed, the bar is pretty high. The advanced virtual reality headset made by Meta to date is the Quest 3, which made its debut in late 2023. It has several great features, including strong processing speed, clear displays, and a fashionable design. 

But what's next is the question on everyone's mind, particularly among the voracious VR enthusiasts.

Will the Meta Quest 4 include innovative features that revolutionise virtual reality experiences? Will it be even more pleasant to wear for prolonged explorations of virtual landscapes, lighter, sleeker, and with more AI capabilities?

 

What date is the release of Meta Quest 4?

Although an official release date has not yet been announced, we can estimate one based on Meta's previous release patterns.

The quick 17-month interval between releases was indicative of a quick development cycle. But after three years, in October 2023, came the Meta Quest 3, which caused things to slow down a little.

There could be a number of reasons for the change in the usual release cycle. The limited number of chips worldwide might have affected the development timeline. Also, it is possible that Meta needed more time to refine the new technology following its introduction of mixed reality aspects in Quest 3. Hence, we can expect Meta Quest 4 to be available in late 2025 or early 2026.

Perhaps Meta will hold off the release of Quest 4 until Apple releases their Vision Pro 2 anticipated 2026. We expect the competition between the two companies will have some effect on when Meta Quest 4 hits the market for an Extended Reality Devices that will be coming out during 2026.

 

The Features of Meta Quest 4

With even more AI features and eye-tracking capabilities, the Meta Quest 4 is anticipated to push VR's limits.

Expanding upon the enhanced AI capabilities of the Quest 3's Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 processor, the Quest 4 may utilise a next-generation XR chip to achieve even more remarkable AI. This might result in smoother gaming, more lifelike graphics, and a more engaging VR experience.

There are reports that Meta Quest 4 will have a sophisticated eye-tracking feature.

Recent discoveries at Meta point to major advancements in avatar technology for their Quest VR platform, in addition to an updated eye-tracking capability.

A firm blog post described how advances in AI will make it possible to create digital avatars that are remarkably lifelike.

Meta's Pixel Codec Avatars appear to be a major component of the soon-to-be-released Quest 4 headgear, enabling users to embody lifelike virtual replicas of themselves.

 

Specifications for Meta Quest 4

Meta is expected to have more functionalities than its predecessor, the Quest 3. One improvement that Meta could include is swapping the Quest 3’s LCD panel for an OLED one to enhance energy efficiency. Also, there have been speculations that Meta Quest 4 will raise its eye-level resolution from 2064×2208 pixels per eye up to about 2160×3840 pixels per eye.

Eye tracking has the potential to significantly enrich the game, as evidenced by its absence in Quest 3. Activated in Quest 4, such as foveated rendering, it will enable the use of features and more natural virtual reality interactions. The Meta Quest 4 could feature an extended battery life, compared to the existing capacity, which is normally between 2 and 3 hours, and a larger amount of RAM, not less than 16GB. 

 

Should I get a Meta Quest 4?

The Meta Quest 4 is expected to enhance VR experiences for everyone including beginners as it will come with improved AI capabilities, advanced eye tracking and possibly other hardware upgrades. What is more, owing to the anticipated increase in its battery capacity, this will enable users to use it longer before recharging more often.


 

A head-to-head comparison of Meta Quest 3 and Quest 4

You may be wondering how the Meta Quest 3 would compare against a Quest 4 even if the Quest 4 isn’t available now. Let’s see their comparison below.

Meta Quest 3

Date of Release: October 2023

Resolution of Display: 2064 x 2208 pixel per eye

RAM: 8GB RAM

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon, XR2 Gen 2

 


Meta Quest 4

Date of Release: Expected in Early 2026

Resolution of Display: Likely going to be 2160 x 3840 pixels per eye

RAM: 16GB RAM, speculated 

Processor: May come with next-gen XR chip

Cost: Expected to be higher or remain the same.


Earlier this year, there was an increase in the popularity of mixed reality headsets than the previous years after Apple Vision Pro was introduced. Given the hype that surrounds Vision Pro, Meta could actually be set to challenge Apple's possible position as market leaders. Time will tell, we look forward to seeing the upcoming version of the Meta Quest 4.